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Unread 12-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Safest Cars but Still Good on Gas?

the bigger/heavier the car, the less hurt I would get if someone else crashed into me or if i hit a tree god forbit. I'd like an SUV like a 1990s toyota 4runner since Toyotas last very long; however, I don't want to waste so much gas driving a gas guzzler. I heard Volvo coupes are good crash rated.

What coupes, if any would have the same stregnth in an accident like a mid sized suv? side air bags etc factored in and all
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Unread 12-14-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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Subaru has a great crash rating and they are great cars.

Bigger/heavier isn't always a good indication that they are safer. Sitting higher places your hips above most other vehicle's bumpers, but that can be canceled out by a bigger SUV or truck.
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Good cars, I hate to do this, but 1994-1997 Ford Thunderbirds are large coupes that get 30+ MPG on the highway and have a 5 star crash safety rating. I hit a median at 45MPH in mine (an earlier model without airbags) and I walked away unscathed. There is also this guy who got tboned at 50mph and walked away:



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Yes my name is ryan the accident happend on July 26 2003 in Georgia in hall county at state route 129 and 284. This is a 1996 Ford ThunderBird 2D Coupe with a V8 motor auto trainee. I pulled up to a two way stop on 284 headed west to my house. I looked left then right when I looked left I seen a few cars way out in the distance new it was safe to cross on that end. Then I looked right and seen a white car way off in the distance and new it was safe to cross. I proceeded to cross looking left agian and then as I was going to look right I heard a horn and some what of a tire squeel then seen a dark silver nissan sentra to my right and heard her hit me.

My air bags deployed I hit the air bag face first it shoved my glasses into my face then up and over my head. I never lost conciness during the hole thing. She shoved my car onto the side walk into a guy's yard. I remeber some guy's standing on there porch then running to my car and the other guy running to her car. A male nurse live's there he came over and checked me out nothing really hurt exept my right arm and face there was blood every where so I figured I lost a tooth but checked with my tongue and none were missing. So I figured I had a bad cut or gash on my head. I took off my seat belt and got out of the car through the window and called my mom let her know what was going on.

The nurse brought me a towel and said I had a broken nose. Also a few minor cuts and burns from the air bag. The Female driver of the nissan had a broken arm. The male nurse told my sister why see was still there that I put my nose back into place. I dont remeber doing that. Me and the female went to the hospital and got checked out. We were fine except for the broken nose and arm. I talked with the Hall Co. Sheriff's Officer who investigated the accident he said she was doing about 55 or 60 mph from the scid mark estimated 63ft. but I dont thing she was doing that as bad as my car is and her's I think she was going alot faster than 55-60mph. My car is in really bad condition but in all no one was killed but I got a ticket for failure to yield the right of way. But as I say agian she wasnt there when I looked she must have bin flying or I had a blind spot. This is my story.
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Subaru. Great cars! Very good on gas, great in snow/off road, and last forever.
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Subarus aren't cheap when they do break though...
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Subarus aren't cheap when they do break though...
We just sent one to the junkyard, the early 2.5 motors are crap...
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Only problem with both volvo and subaru is how few of them are available to harvest parts from when things do go wrong. My parents had an 89 and a 2004 volvo station wagon and got rid of them both for the same reason, the expense of the upkeep.
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Only problem with both volvo and subaru is how few of them are available to harvest parts from when things do go wrong. My parents had an 89 and a 2004 volvo station wagon and got rid of them both for the same reason, the expense of the upkeep.
And I can say that there are at least 25 MN12 cars in junkyards within 20 miles from me.
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thanks. also learned: An interesting and complex topic. Overall, SUVs are no safer than a typical car. Their size and weight help in some crashes, but hinder safety in others, especially roll-overs. All that size and weight tends to crush the roof more in a roll over, than in a car.

And since SUV's are taller, their center of gravity is higher. They will flip over more easily during an accident, and in certain manoevers, such as skids and sudden lane changes.

Finally, even in a regular crash, all that size and weight might help you..... but it will only help to main/kill the occupants of any other car you might hit. (God forbid) how would you feel if you caused an accident.... and the unnecessary size of your truck wiped-out an innocent family in the other car?

Volvos today are very safe..... but generally no safer than any other modern car of similar size. New cars today, even inexpensive ones are far safer than the best cars of just a few years ago. Tremendous advances have been made, not only in safety features, like airbags etc, but also in cars with rigid passenger compartments (to protect passengers) combined with 'crush zones', so the people inside will not suffer such a sudden impact in a crash.

The safest cars are newer, somewhat larger family cars, with all possible safety features, including stability control.

Older SUVs, like the 4runner are not particularly safe at all. Tall, tippy, unstable, weak roof structure, no colission avoidance features, poor handling and cornering, primitive airbags, no side-impact protection bars in the doors.... not safe at all compared to other alternatives out there.

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